SOCIAL SCIENCE AND HUMANITIES RESEARCH COUNCIL

We are proud to announce that our research unit has been funded by the Social Science and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) Connection Grant! Keep tuned for our future events.

 

OUR RESEARCH ACTIVITIES

The Focus of Our Efforts

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NEW BOOK SERIES

Transforming Education Through Critical Leadership, Policy and Practice

Transforming Education Through Critical Leadership, Policy and Practice is based on the belief that those in educational leadership and policy- constructing roles have an obligation to educate for a robust critical and democratic polity in which citizens can contribute to an open and socially just society. Advocating for a critical, socially just democracy goes beyond individual and procedural concerns characteristic of liberalism and seeks to raise and address fundamental questions pertaining to power, privilege and oppression. It recognises that much of what has gone under the name of transformational leadership in education seeks to transform very little, but rather it serves to reproduce systems that generate structural inequalities based on class, gender, race, (dis)ability and sexual orientation. This series seeks to explore how genuinely transformative approaches to educational leadership, policy and practice can disrupt the neoliberal hegemony that has dominated education systems globally for several decades, but which now looks increasingly vulnerable. The series will publish high quality books, both of a theoretical and empirical nature, that explicitly address the challenges and critiques of the current neoliberal conditions, while steering leadership and policy discourse and practices away from neoliberal orthodoxy towards a more transformative perspective of education leadership. The series is particularly keen to ?think beyond?traditional notions of educational leadership to include those who lead in educative ways ? in social movements and civil society organisations as well as in educational institutions.

 

CORE MEMBER RESEARCH OUTPUTS

 
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NEW BOOK - UNDERSTANDING DECISION-MAKING IN EDUCATIONAL CONTEXTS: A CASE STUDY APPROACH

2020 RESEARCH EXCELLENCE AWARD

University of Ottawa

Our founder, Dr. Stephanie Chitpin, is the recipient of the 2020 Research Excellence Award at the University of Ottawa.

 

STUDENT RESEARCH OUTPUTS

 

CHITPIN, S. & KAROUI, O. (2022). EDUCATIONAL DECISION-MAKING DURING COVID-19 IN ONTARIO: LESSONS FOR HIGHER EDUCATION. JOURNAL OF HIGHER EDUCATION POLICY AND LEADERSHIP STUDIES, 3(2), 122-142.

June, 2022

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented novel and unprecedent challenges within the educational realm, from the closure of educational establishments and the rapid implementation of e-learning to monitoring and managing the spread of the virus within the school community. The present research in Ontario, Canada, a province which has experienced prolonged lockdowns, explores the challenges faced by educational leaders as they navigate their schools through the pandemic. This qualitative case-study resulted from interviews conducted with eleven principals who were diverse in terms in gender, years of experience, and school type. The findings of the study reveal that leaders experienced a lack of resources to aid them in their decision making and experienced difficulties in managing their staff and students. However, leaders revealed that they were best capable of overcoming those concerns when using distributed leadership models within their organizations. While the study was conducted in a K-12 context, the findings present valuable insight into leading higher educational establishments through crisis.